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Assistant Environmental Program Director

Applications accepted from current State employees and former permanent competitive class employees eligible for reinstatement. You must meet the minimum qualifications.

Assistant Environmental Program Director
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 16-00208
Application Due By 7/29/16
Title Assistant Environmental Program Director
Location: City DEC Region Division/Bureau Albany
Central Office
Air Resources/Office of Director
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Contingent Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC Management/Confidential

The Division of Air Resources (DAR) is responsible for improving and maintaining the air quality throughout the State. It regulates the emission of air pollutants emitted from diverse sources, from consumer products and motor vehicles to power plants and industrial facilities. Nine regional offices are responsible for permitting and enforcement; the Albany central office is responsible for regulatory development, air quality monitoring, planning, program implementation and support, and research efforts. DAR coordinates program activities with other Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) divisions and offices and other state agencies and authorities; particularly those with energy or transportation responsibilities. Recognizing that air quality is both a regional and local problem, DAR works closely with the USEPA and agencies from other states, as well as local and tribal governments within the State. It collaborates with academic institutions on various air pollution research projects and is actively involved with national and regional air pollution/air quality management associations.

Under the general direction of the Director of the Division of Air Resources, the Assistant Environmental Program Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Division, including the determination of program goals, objectives and policies, and administrative supervision of program resources and professional staff. The Assistant Environmental Program Director will assist in developing and delivering a technically sound program for regulation and management of air pollution control activities by directing comprehensive studies to determine the most feasible regulatory or management measures for various air pollution problems; reviewing proposed solutions for appropriateness and serving as the source of technical leadership, information and advice. He or she will participate in policy development and establishment of air program goals and priorities, coordinating all aspects of program development and implementation and monitoring progress toward established goals and objectives. He or she will represent the Division or Department on air pollution matters of an interstate and statewide nature, interacting with various federal, municipal and state agencies, associations and outside environmental organizations to promote communication and support for air program goals, and serve as liaison with other agency programs to provide a coordinated agency resolution to multi-media issues.

The Assistant Environmental Program Director must be capable of assisting in the planning and direction of the Division of Air Resources. The Division is comprised of approximately 212 staff located in six bureaus in Albany and nine regional offices.

The Assistant Director must be capable of providing high level advice on technical and program issues, advising the Director on the formulation of policy relative to the Department's responsibilities for statewide air quality management, and advising the Director on the Division's participation in interstate and national air quality management issues.
The Assistant Director must be capable of managing the Division's fiscal and personnel resources and making major decisions.

The Assistant Director must be capable of working with all levels of government and outside organizations and associations.

Must have top level managerial and leadership skills.

Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

Must have one year of permanent competitive service in a position allocated to SG 31/M4 or above and eligible for transfer pursuant to Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law.

Preferred Qualifications:

In addition to the minimum qualifications above, the preferred qualifications include substantial experience in environmental regulation, compliance or law; technical or scientific education, training, experience or aptitude; demonstrable achievement in the management of programs; experience in collaborating with multiple organizations; a strong commitment to environmental protection; and the ability to successfully motivate staff and to collaborate successfully with supervisors and with those in comparable positions, both inside and outside the organization.

Preference may be given to candidates with experience directly related to the use of practical and reasonable methods of preventing and controlling air pollution, and the formulation of policy relative to the Department's responsibilities for statewide air quality management.

Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel, overtime and overnight travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required. Must be available to respond to after-hours emergencies.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are meet and includes the Control Number. If you are applying for more than one posting, you must submit a separate resume or Employment Application for each control number. Send to:

Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-5060

Fax: (518) 402-9038


Additional Notes:

If you are a permanent NYS employee not employed by the Department of Environmental Conservation or applying for reinstatement, please provide your social security number so that appointment eligibility may be verified.

State Employees: If you wish to receive an acknowledgement that your application for this posting was received by the Bureau of Personnel and then receive information on the disposition of the position, please attach two self-addressed stamped envelopes (preferably inter-office or inter-agency) to the application. If you are applying for more than one position, you must included two envelopes for each position.

Some vacancies may be anticipated and may not result in an appointment. Application for any position listed may not result in an interview.